The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

People's Accountable Development Summit
Start Date: 
May 31, 2008 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Topic : 
Urban planning
Economic development
Traffic and transit
Sponsored By: 
The South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative
P.S. 282
180 6th Avenue (between Lincoln and Berkley) 2/3 to Bergen Street, B/Q to Seventh Ave, R to Union Street,
B63 to 5th Ave/Garfield
United States

The People's Accountable Development Summit, organized by The South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative (a project of the Fifth Avenue Committee), seeks to create dialogue and forge alliances among residents and various community stake holders in Brooklyn facing large developments, re-zonings and other land use changes. The centerpiece of the Summit will be a series of panel discussions on four major accountable development topics: Housing, Labor, Environment, and Process.
Summit Schedule: 9:00am-9:30am

  • Registration, breakfast


  • Opening remarks (Michelle de la Uz), keynote speaker, pledge from elected officials




  • Housing: "Protecting Tenants, Building Affordable Housing" an exploration of inclusionary zoning; affordable housing preservation; special districts and more.
    • Brad Lander, Pratt Center for Community Development
    • Julia Fitzgerald, Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    • Bennett Baumer, Housing Conservation Coordinators
    • Alison Cordero, St. Nicholas NPC
    • Deb Howard, Pratt Area Community Council
    • Moderator: Michelle de la Uz, Fifth Avenue Committee
  • Labor: "Living Wages, Fair Returns", an exploration of local job training and hiring; living wage jobs, worker safety, leveraging government subsidies for real community benefits and more.
    • Elly Spicer, NYC Carpenters Labor-Management Cooperation Trust Fund
    • Betina Damiani, Good Jobs New York
    • Evelyn Zumba, Latin American Workers Project (Proyecto de los Trabajadores Latino Americanos)
    • Carrie Brunk, Jobs With Justice
    • David Pratt, New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
    • Moderator: Jeremy Reiss, Community Service Society
  • (Both panels will run 1.5 hours, simultaneously)




  • Environment: "Healthy Homes, Sustainable Communities", an exploration of sustainable design, transit equity, environmental justice and more.
    • Gita Nandan, Thread Collective
    • Ericka Stallings, Coalition for Asthma Free Homes/NY Immigration Coalition
    • Bob Zuckerman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy/Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation
    • Elena Conte, Communities United for Transit Equity/Pratt Center for Community Development
    • Cecil Corbin Mark (WE ACT for Environmental Justice)
    • Moderator: Artemio Guerra, Fifth Avenue Committee
  • Process: "Planning to the People", an exploration of community planning, community action, efforts to increase government transparency in the development process and more.
    • Tom Angotti, Gotham Gazette/Hunter College
    • Pat Jones, Community Board 9, Manhattan
    • Craig Hammerman, Community Board 6, Brooklyn
    • Theo Moore, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
    • Sam Miller, Picture the Homeless
    • Moderator: Rosten Woo, Center for Urban Pedagogy

    (Both panels will run 1.5 hours, simultaneously)


  • Closing remarks, lunch, entertainment.

This event is free. Food, childcare and Spanish translation will be provided. For more information or a pdf flyer for this event, contact Dave at or (718) 237-2017 ext 148.

Open to: 
General public